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Collecting Water For Conservation

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / ALong

A rain-barrel program won’t provide a revenue stream or make a park and recreation department rich, but it will educate the public on the importance of water conservation.  Working in partnership with the Conservation Foundation, a Naperville, Ill.,-based, not-for-profit land and watershed protection organization, the St. Charles Park District’s rain-barrel program has distributed nearly 100 barrels since its inception 2 years ago. “While our program is in its infancy, we have made great strides in creating public awareness concerning the … Continue reading

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This-N-That

A Tip Of The Hat And Tips For Success Congratulations to the Cleveland Metroparks Purchasing Division for being selected for the Excellence in Procurement award from the National Procurement Institute. This is the fourth consecutive year that the department has won this award. To read more about it or for tips on how to achieve this milestone, read Ron Ciancutti’s column, “A Step Ahead” beginning on Page 62. ——————————————————– PlayCore Unleashes On Dog Parks To ensure a dog park is … Continue reading

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Cold-Blooded Killers

Photos Courtesy of Jonathan Schechter

  Without a hook, it is tough to catch fish. And without words and art blended into a creative, eye-catching package, interpretive signs often go unread and the opportunity to ”hook” a visitor’s attention is lost.  Powerful words—“Cold-Blooded Killers”—were the sharp hook for a new sign at the edge of a marsh boardwalk at Rose Oaks County Park, a 640-acre Oakland County Park 45 miles north of Detroit, Mich. Rose Oaks boasts 5 miles of hiking and equestrian trails, glacially … Continue reading

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Give “Hondo” A Hand

Photo Courtesy of NAYS

Al “Hondo” Handy had only been with the OceanCity (Md.) Recreation and Parks Department for two months when he was asked to coach the department’s all-star team in a basketball tournament in nearby Salisbury.  At the time, he wasn’t coaching—he had started working at the department midway through the season—but he was refereeing games and impressed everyone with his knowledge and demeanor with the kids. After weeks of practice, Handy was sure his team was ready to compete—until the players … Continue reading

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Excellence Equals Inclusion

Illustration: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / PureSolution

In early August, I was informed that my division had achieved the Excellence in Procurement award from the National Procurement Institute. It was the fourth consecutive year that we won this award, and that prompted many calls and letters from other agencies in public buying. In response to questions of how we consistently achieved such honors, I explained that it was critical how we presented ourselves to the judges. That was half the battle in being recognized. As an example, … Continue reading

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